Holiday Travel Tips

PRODUCTIVITY AND FOCUS

That time of the year is back!

It’s time to begin holiday travel preparation. I thought I would offer you all a few tips that I have for travelling during the holiday season. The objective is to make your travels as smooth as possible.

Flight Tips

  • Book Wisely

Plane tickets are not cheap. I think we are all very aware of this. If you’re traveling solo for the holidays then you may feel a little more comfortable waiting until the last minute to book your travel, which could result in higher costs. However, if you are travelling in a group then you probably want to hop online and book as soon as you can. Most websites stated that Tuesday is the best day during the work week to book travel and Friday is the best day on the weekend to book travel.

  • Dress Comfy

We’ve all seen them. The people who are overdressed at the airport. You would think they were about to climb onto a private jet or something. There’s really no need in over doing it. Besides, when you pass through security you want as little fuss as necessary. You also want to be comfortable in your seat, especially if you’re not flying first class.

  • Charge Devices

Admit it…you need it! That tablet, laptop, and/or phone is something that you need when travelling. If you’re travelling with children, it’s nice to have something to keep them entertained. Trust me, the other passengers will appreciate it. Make sure all of the devices you are bringing along are charged and ready for use. Also make sure your portable chargers are ready as well. Don’t forget earphones!

  • Pack Efficiently

Make sure to plan out your attire before you pack. Make adequate use of the space within your luggage so you can fit everything you need inside. If there is a possibility that you will be shopping or receiving a lot of gifts while away then make sure to leave space in your luggage for additional items you’ll return home with. If you know there won’t be enough room in your luggage, then consider purchasing additional luggage for your new items. Better yet don’t forget you can also have the items shipped to you instead of worrying about checking them in at the airport.

  • Ready Your Snacks

Airport food is pricey, especially if you’re travelling with children. Consider bringing along snacks to make things a little easier on your wallet. Please be considerate of others when bringing food onto a plane. Not everything smells yummy in a small confined space like an airplane. Keep your snack choice simple.

Road Trip Tips

  • Safety Supplies Handy

It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Make sure before you set out on the road that you have all your safety supplies. Have a spare tire and a car-jack. Also have blankets, a flashlight, and water for those just in case moments if you happen to have a long wait for the tow truck. If you have AAA or any type of Road Side Assistance from your car insurance, have that information handy.

  • Plan Route

Thanks to technology, GPS is available at our fingertips at all times. However, it’s always nice to have an idea of the area(s) you’ll be passing through while travelling. Be aware of all the main highways you’ll be using during your trip. You never know when you might hit a dead-zone and have bad reception.

  • Set The Tunes

Get your master playlist ready! Cruising to your favorite music is a lifesaver when stuck in a car for hours. Have a few different playlists on deck to suit everyone.

Additional Tips

  • Bring Ear Plugs – they take some getting used to, but they can be super helpful.
  • Sickness Medications – if you suffer from motion sickness, make sure you keep your remedies handy.
  • Patience – be considerate of others and remember to spread love and cheer.

Hopefully, a few of the tips are helpful. Enjoy your holidays!

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Dañar (damage)

Some would say “change is good”. Even the one and only Stevie Nicks said,

“…But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too.”

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The season is changing here in Oklahoma. Fall is slowly evolving into winter. I personally am not a big fan of winter. However, this year I am determined to allow Mother Nature have its way. I am not in control. All I can do is prepare myself (hello new winter clothes). Of course, I will have a few gripes throughout the winter months (I am only human). The seasons changing are expected. Then there comes the unexpected changes like when you walk into a hair salon full of optimism and leave with bewilderment. Yes, I know that seems like an odd redirection. But I speak from personal experience. Change can be gradual or come out of nowhere and smack you in the face, then step back and dare you to react.

“Now what sucka?”

Yea, it can…well…suck. There’s no prep for those sudden changes. Sure we have insurance for accidents. We also have advice from other’s based on their own experiences. But it’s always the unexpected that we have no place of reference for or a guide to walk us through step-by-step. You have to shift your thinking, or approach, or even your entire mindset.

The only thing we can ever truly control is how we react to the things that happen to us or around us. Look on the bright side, reel in our emotions, or spin out of control. The choice is up to us.

How To Save Money For Travel

 

How To Sav Money For Travel

Have you ever scrolled through someone’s social media page and wondered how they seem to always be somewhere awesome? I’m sure you have. We all have! I’ve even gone as far as to drop whatever Iwas doing and hop onto an airline website to see how much tickets were to a far away place. Only to slowly fall back into reality when I realize that even if with the cheapest tickets I still would be digging deep into my bank account to pay for the trip. Since beginning this blog I have racked my brain with ways I can save money to pay for my travel adventures. I hope you find at least one option on my list helpful when you need to come up with funds for travel.

  • A Piggy Bank

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I know, I know a piggy bank sounds a bit ridiculous. However, I am referring to a direct deposit account either with your bank or an online banking service. Direct deposits are typically automatic and are electronic. Since you don’t see the cash you’re less tempted to spend money. An example of a good online banking service is Smarty Pig. Smarty Pig allows you to set up an account (using your typical personal information), choose where the money is deposited from and what your goal is. It will keep track of your money and give you an estimate of how long it will take you to reach your goal. Once you have reached your goal you can close the goal and receive your money (give or take a few days).

  • Odd Jobs

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We all have talents and gifts. Why not put those talents to use to earn some travel dough? If you’re computer savvy you can sign up on websites like Fiverr. Fiverr is a company that allows people looking for help with technology based projects find and pay those who are skilled in that area. If you’re not big into technology there are other things you could do. For instance if you love animals you can walk dogs and/or pet-sit. If animals are not your thing, you can also offer to be a personal assistant for a family member or friend. You could pick up their dry cleaning, drop their kids off at school or do their grocery shopping. Most family members and friends may feel reluctant to allow you to do that but once you explain what the money will be used for they should understand and be willing to help you out.

  • Sell Your Junk

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A quick way to make a few bucks is to sell items that you no longer need. Make a sign, set your things outside on the lawn and sell away! A yard sell is a quick and simple way to sell items. If a yard sale is not your speed you can sale unwanted or old clothing to clothing resale stores. If you have electronics that you no long want you can sell those items on Ebay or even your local pawn shop.

  • Clock In

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It’s not something that most of us want to do. However, sometimes we have to put the rubber to the road, pull our sleeves up, burn the midnight oil, and…well…you know what I mean. Sometimes your best bet is to get a temporary or part-time job. I say temporary or part-time because I’m assuming most people reading this already have a full-time job or maybe go to school full-time. Temporary jobs (sometimes called seasonal jobs) are great because they are exactly that…temporary. The hours you spend working will help your travel budget and there is no long-term commitment in place. A part-time may have a little more commitment involved but you won’t have to spend grueling long hours a day working. If you put the money you earn at these jobs towards travel you will be on your way in no time.

   Traveling takes the ink out of one’s pen as well as the cash out of one’s purse.
– Herman Melville

 

There are other options for saving money to use for travel adventures. I hope the ones I listed here are helpful to you. Thanks for reading!

 

3 Ways 30 Is The New 20!

I turned 31 this week. Do I feel any different? No. However, now that I have experienced 1 full year of being a 30-year-old woman I thought I would give some notable observations that I have made on how my 30’s (so far) seem to differ from my 20’s. Hopefully you find these observations helpful!

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  • You “Love” with Certainty

I think most of us can agree that in our twenties we weren’t 100 percent sure of what we were looking for in a significant other. All brawn, no brains. Exceptionally smart, but doesn’t make you hot under the collar. We’ve dated the jock, the intellectual, the player, the bad-boy and a few mama’s boys. For the fellas reading, I’m sure you’ve had your share of the drama queens, snobs and overly flirtatious social butterflies. Once you’re in your 30’s you can now read potential mates better and you now know who to avoid and who to gravitate to. When on first dates you notice red flags quicker and can find the exit in a heart beat. You know what you want and you don’t need to waste time.

  • You’ve Stepped It Up a Notch

We began college we were “fresh” meat. When we started our first real jobs post college we were small fish in a big pond. Now that school is over and we’ve got a few years of work experience under our belt we can feel confident in our abilities. Think of how self-conscious you were in your 20’s. Over time that insecurity has been replaced with a stronger, better and determined adult. Plus more experience equals better opportunities which can lead to better pay. Cha-Ching!

  • You Value Your Time

Now that you’re in your 30’s you find the value in free time. You spent so much of your 20’s setting the foundation for the rest of  your life. Now you want to enjoy it more. And you should! You want to spend time with your family and friends. You want to take up old hobbies that you used to find awesome! Or maybe pursue new hobbies. Don’t wait until retirement to get out there and see the world or learn a new craft. Do it now!

Last year before I turned 30, I was so reluctant to get older. Now that I have crossed that threshold I see how awesome it has been. In no way do I feel diminished. In fact I feel empowered and it is great!

How To Be Successful In 2017

Hey y’all! Let’s get caught up really quickly so you will know what I have been up to. The last time I posted to the blog was in October. There’s no real excuse for my absence other than I was feeling very burnt out mentally and it was effecting my creativity. So I took the remainder of the year to relax and let new ideas for the blog flow in naturally. What can I say, everyone needs a break from time-to-time.

Now let’s get to the title of this post.

While perusing through Pinterest one day I came across a link to a blog post by Sivan Ayla. The original post was “50 Healthy Habits Every Girl Should Consider“. Now initially I wasn’t going to read it because 50 seemed like a lot to remember. However, I went through the list and found several to be very helpful to me. Most of the habit suggestions were pretty simple but were things that we can easily overlook in our day-to-day lives. I decided to take 10 of the habits and elaborate on them more in a YouTube video on my channel.

The 10 that caught my eye were (in no particular order):

  • Start fresh everyday
  • Check your finances often
  • Put down your phone when you’re with people
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, you’ll lose
  • Take care of your clothing
  • Make your home a place you want to be
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Don’t skimp on sleep
  • Prioritize stress management

I think these are all great suggestions that can contribute to you having a successful 2017. Some may seem minor, but the small things add up. Take the time to read the original article by Silva Ayla. There may be a few habits out of the 40 others that you may find more helpful to you and want to apply to your lifestyle this year.

Have a great 2017 everyone! Make the most of your time and energy! Enjoy life!